The Cost of Talent – Dice-K (Red Sox) vs. the 2007 Cleveland Indians Payroll

Kris Dunn Career Paths, Compensation/Cash Money, Recruiting, Sourcing, Succession Planning

Paying a little more for talent is OK.  But diminishing returns follow to anyone, including an organization like the Yankees, who pays 3x as much for the same number of "employees" as their competitors.  Case in point – the Cleveland Indians, who crushed the Yankees with less than 1/3 of the New York payroll (61M to 195M). Flash to Game …

Cost of Talent – Lessons from George Steinbrenner and Moneyball…

Kris Dunn Compensation/Cash Money, Recruiting, Sourcing, Succession Planning

By now, you’ve heard that George Steinbrenner (owner of the New York Yankees) fired a manager with 4 World Championships – Joe Torre.  While firings happen and the big wheel keeps on turning, it made me think a little bit about the cost of talent and what your money actually buys you. First, a little history.  The Yankees have always …

Does Your Company Need More Stars or Ditch Diggers?

Kris Dunn Culture, Driving Productivity, Engagement and Satisfaction, Performance, Retention, Sourcing, Total Rewards

Check out my article at workforce.com answering the age-old stars vs. steady performers question here… Here’s how it starts: Quiz time today with the HR Capitalist. Pick the book that is not available on Amazon: The War for Talent Secrets for Hiring Top Talent The World Needs Ditch Diggers Too Hiring the Best Confirm your knowledge and see the rest …

The NFL Patriots – A Team-Based Culture That Survives Employee Turnover…

Kris Dunn Culture, Leadership, Onboarding, Salary Caps, Sourcing, Succession Planning

So the Patriots did just enough over the weekend to get past the Giants and become the first pro football team in history to go 16-0.   You can hate them, as many pro football fans do.  You can’t deny their success.  Here’s another thing Patriots haters can’t deny – the Patriots have one the strongest "team-first" cultures in all of …

Too Sexy For This Job – Do You Discriminate In Hiring Based On Looks?

Kris Dunn Culture, Generations, Recruiting, Sourcing

I don’t. You?  I’m not so sure… There’s an article on Forbes detailing the land mines in hiring within the hospitality industry.  Here’s a shocker – the competition is fierce in Manhattan and elsewhere in pubs, coffee houses and eateries for attractive candidates.  It seems as if having attractive individuals work for you is good for business, but slippery from …

Will Your Company Be Using Facebook to Manage Talent in the Next Year?

Kris Dunn Engagement and Satisfaction, Generations, HR Technology, Recruiting, Social Media, Sourcing

Don’t look now, but Facebook, that social networking site that has long been the avenue for college kids to share those crazy pictures from last weekend’s party – is growing up. What’s that mean for you?  Maybe nothing.  But if you are a part of a Fortune 500 company looking to build internal knowledge networks or training applications, assist employees …

Best Practices in Internship Programs – Cosmo Kramer…

Kris Dunn Candidate Pool, Sourcing

As a general rule, internships aren’t my strongest area.  I’m a HR person at a software firm, before that a field HR generalist (manager, director and VP level) with a couple of Fortune 500 entities.  Lots to do in all the jobs and even though internships have value, they never got the priority I would have liked to place on …

Danny, The World Needs Ditch-Diggers Too…

Kris Dunn Candidate Pool, Culture, Sourcing

To quote Austin Powers, I’m a man, baby… As a guy, quoting movies is part of who I am… And I can work it into a HR/Talent blog entry… From Caddyshack: Judge Smails: The man is a menace! Cut that off! Music is a violation of our personal privacy! He’s breaking the law! Danny: I’ve always been fascinated with the …

Talent Watch – Best Available Athlete

Kris Dunn Candidate Pool, Recruiting, Sourcing

I have a recurring talent conversation with 3-4 colleagues I really like talking to – and it involves hiring generalists vs. specialists.  Simply put, once you get away from some very specialized positions in your company, are you open to finding the smartest available person to take the challenge you have or are you forever trying to match an overly …